Adobe to patch Reader zero-day bug Thursday

From InfoWorld: Adobe Systems said today that it would patch a critical Reader vulnerability on Thursday.

Two weeks ago, Adobe had promised to fix the flaw during the week of Aug. 16 with an emergency, or "out-of-band" security update, but had not slated a specific date. Computerworld had pegged the likely release date as Aug. 17 based on past Adobe practice of issuing many of its security updates on Tuesdays.

Apple Pulls Grooveshark Music Streaming App From ITunes

From PC World: Apple has pulled Grooveshark's music streaming application from its store due to a complaint from a major entertainment company just days after the application launched.

Grooveshark's iPhone application launched around Aug. 11, when Vishal Agarwala, its director of marketing and business development, wrote on Twitter that Apple had approved it. But just five days later, Apple sent Grooveshark a letter regarding the complaint.

Microsoft makes a return to Flight

From CNET News.com: One of the casualties of last year's layoffs at Microsoft was the Aces game studio responsible for the company's long-running Flight Simulator game.

At the time, Microsoft promised that the flight simulation franchise would continue in one form or another. This week, Redmond confirmed that it is indeed following through with a new title: Microsoft Flight.

Logitech Wireless K800 types in the dark

From CNET News.com: Logitech's newest Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 is a combination of last year's MK700 and its classic Illuminated Keyboard we loved so much. Released Wednesday for $100, the keyboard incorporates Logitech's PerfectStroke system that allows for uniform tactile feedback across the entire surface of the key, making for a cushy, comfortable typing experience.

Japan to Get "Titanium Blue" Gran Turismo 5 PS3 Bundle

From DailyTech: The game that many thought would never actually be delivered to consumers -- much like Duke Nukem Forever -- is now just a few short months away from its official launch. Gran Turismo 5 is the highly anticipated PlayStation 3 racing simulator from Polyphony Digital that will be going head-to-head with Forza 3, one of the crowning jewels of the Xbox 360.

Next-gen Blackberry Posts Weak Launch, Sells Only 150k Units

From DailyTech: Not long ago, Research in Motion held a commanding lead in the smartphone industry, with over 40 percent of the market in its pocket. Its BlackBerry smartphones were the choice for business users.

Now it reportedly has been passed in the U.S. by Google's seemingly unstoppable Android platform. And the iPhone looks to eventually catch up as well, growing at a faster pace than RIM.

Intel and Micron Start to Sample 3-Bit-Per-Cell 25nm Flash Memory

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp. and Micron Technology on Tuesday announced the delivery of 3-bit-per-cell (3bpc) NAND flash memory on 25nm process technology, producing the industry’s highest capacity, smallest NAND device. The companies have sent initial product samples to select customers.

Asustek Admits iPad Success: Apple iPad Sales Cannibalize Sales of Eee

From X-bit Labs: Asustek Computer, one of the largest makers of netbooks on the globe, has reportedly said that shipments of its Eee-branded personal computers in the third quarter would be lower than initially estimated due to upticking sales of slates, particularly Apple iPad.

IBM unleashes 256-core Unix server, its biggest yet

From InfoWorld: IBM has strengthened its hand in the Unix business with new servers based on its Power7 processors, including a server for large enterprises that scales to 256 cores.

The Power 795 is IBM's biggest Unix server to date. It's aimed at companies that run large-scale database applications or want to consolidate multiple Unix or Linux workloads onto a single system using IBM's PowerVM virtualization software.

Nokia's Candybar X3 Combines Buttons and a Touch Interface

From PC World: Nokia has announced the X3 Touch and Type, which combines a 2.4-inch touchscreen with a traditional 12-button keypad, the company said on Tuesday.

Fast one-handed, one-thumb users want to maintain their speed when typing a text or instant message, but also enjoy the benefits of touch, according to Nokia. Besides the 12-button phone keypad, the Series 40-based phone comes with dedicated music and messaging keys, Nokia said.

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